Wilks becomes youngest black belt in karate in the South West
PLYMOUTH'S own karate kid David Wilks has proved he can punch above his weight after becoming the youngest black belt in the South West.
Wilks, who took up karate after being bullied at school, earned the distinction after a successful assessment along with adult martial arts players from all over the UK in front of a panel of senior judges.
Convince them the 14-year-old from St Budeaux most certainly did.
He walked away knowing he had become the youngest fully-fledged adult black belt in the Bujinkai South West Karate Association.
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Wilks' instructor Niki Stewart, who is a sixth dan, admitted to being proud of the Plymothian's progress.
She said: "David was awarded his black belt after showing commitment and dedication to the martial art for more than seven years.
"He originally started karate training after being bullied at school.
"His ability and confidence are evident."
Wilks is now passing on what he has learnt to others and is helping to teach under the guidance of senior instructors at the Bujinkai Karate Club at the Plymouth Life Centre on Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm.
He also trains at Saltash Karate Club at Burraton Community Centre on Wednesdays from 7pm-8.30pm.